“National Cannabis Festival Announces New COVID Requirements for Attendees”

From a press release:

“Organizers of the National Cannabis Festival are pleased to announce the return of the largest ticketed cannabis event on the east coast to RFK Festival Grounds in Washington, DC on Saturday, August 28, 2021. The festival’s music lineup includes performances by Method Man & Redman, Young M.A, Backyard Band, Antibalas, The Archives, DJ Farrah Flosscet, and Lee, Blackwood & Graham.


Proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the festival date or full COVID-19 vaccination will be required to attend the National Cannabis Festival. A list of local testing locations can be found at

“After an 18-month hiatus, we are thrilled to bring the festival back to its home in Washington, D.C., said Caroline Phillips, founder and producer of the National Cannabis Festival. “As the first major outdoor event in DC since the pandemic started, we are proactively doing what we can to ensure a safe experience for our attendees by requiring proof of either a negative COVID test or of full vaccination. The National Cannabis Festival hopes to be an example of how to move forward in this new era and safely host large-scale events.”

Attendees are also encouraged to wear masks unless they’re eating or drinking and to social distance when possible. Ticket holders will receive email notification of this new requirement.


Learn more about NCF’s onsite programs:

Remarks From Elected Officials

This year, NCF hosts lawmakers from around the region. Special remarks will be provided by D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (Ward 5), D.C. Councilmember Brooke Pinto (Ward 2), D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6), Maryland State Delegate Jazz Lewis (District 24), Maryland State Delegate David Moon (District 20), former South Carolina Congressman and Gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham, and Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman.


NCF features four educational pavilions: Wellness, Policy, Culture, and the Grow School, where attendees can participate in discussions on the medicinal benefits of cannabis, speak with medical professionals and dispensary owners, and focus their minds with free yoga sessions.

Seniors & Veterans Lounge

New to the festival this year is a special Seniors Lounge, a place for our “golden buds” to gather. Returning this year is the Veterans Pavilion hosted by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). The veterans’ lounge serves as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of festivities and a place where those who have served our country can connect over shared experiences.

Cypher Stage

Guests can also catch the final battle round of NCF’s Cypher Sessions, where three D.C. musicians will compete for the title of Highest MC in the DMV! The NCF Cypher Session is a tournament-style competition highlighting the best and brightest musical performers in the DMV region.

Tickets to the National Cannabis Festival may be purchased here. For more information on the new public health requirement, please visit the Health & Safety FAQ page on NCF’s website.”

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